Indonesia post eyed for US envoy to Philippines

UNITED States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim will be nominated as the next American top diplomat to Indonesia.

The White House yesterday announced President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Kim as the new Ambassador to Indonesia. Kim assumed his post in the Philippines on Nov. 4, 2016, replacing Philip Goldberg who was the subject of tirades from President Rodrigo Duterte.

The White House cited “Ambassador Kim’s extensive history of public service at the Department of State, including as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks, Director of the Office of Korean Affairs, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.”

Kim earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, doctor of jurisprudence degree from Loyola University Law School, and Masters of Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.                      Two years  into his post as the US top diplomat in Manila, Kim received the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award in 2018.

The White House did not say who will replace Kim as the next US envoy to the Philippines.

On Tuesday, the US Embassy in Manila denied rumors that Kim would be replaced by Mina Chang, the deputy assistant secretary of the State Department Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

The Embassy said Trump intends to nominate Chang as assistant administrator of the US AID for the Bureau of Asia.